Recipe: MoJo’s Creole Meatloaf

Recipe: MoJo’s Creole Meatloaf

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Who says y’all have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday?

MoJo's Creole Meatloaf

MoJo’s Creole Meatloaf

Y’all know my love for all things NOLA, right? The food, the parties, the spices, the food. Oh, did I say that already? C’mon. You know it’s worth mentioning again.

“It’s all about the food.
It’s always all about the food.”

~Rain [NOLA]

And y’all know my two favorite food companies are Zatarain’s and Winco, right?

And since tomorrow’s the end of this year’s Mardi Gras, as promised here’s this month’s meatloaf recipe. What makes it all that? The Holy Trinity of New Orleans cuisine, and Zatarain’s Creole seasoning.

I’m crazy about Zatarain’s. Remember when Bedford Manor celebrated our five year housewarming, and the Big Z supplied the side dishes? [Read: NOLA, Zatarain’s Style.] Now that was a party. Of course I keep as much Zatarain’s in the pantry as I can, especially the seasonings.

So. You ready to get your flavor on? Then let’s head into the kitchen.

First, grab your gear: Eight simple ingredients, a mixing bowl, cutting board and knife, and meatloaf pan.

MoJo's Creole Meatloaf ingredients

MoJo’s Creole Meatloaf ingredients

What, you ask, is the Holy Trinity? Only the best cooking base New Orleans has to offer. A blend of equal parts green pepper, onion, and celery.

NOLA FOOD HACK:
Add two (or more) dashes of
Creole seasoning to the
Holy Trinity during saute’.

 

MoJo Creole Meatloaf: Holy Trinity

MoJo Creole Meatloaf: Holy Trinity

Is your mouth watering yet? Are you needing the recipe like your sugar needs tea? Hold onto your Mojo bag, ’cause here it is.

Recipe: MoJo’s Creole Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Milk
  • 1 egg
  • 12 saltine cracker squares
  • New Orleans Holy Trinity (apprx 1/2 small white onion, 1 celery stalk, 1/3 bell pepper)
  • Zatarain's Creole Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crush crackers into small bowl. Add just enough milk to cover. Set aside.
  3. Dice onion, celery, bell pepper. Saute on low until tender. Remove from heat. [Holy Trinity should equal apprx 1/2 cup when done.]
  4. In large mixing bowl, add ground beef, egg, crackers, Holy Trinity, and 1 tsp Creole seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Shape into loaf pan. Top with 1/2 tsp Creole seasonings.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.
http://franklymydearmojo.com/2017/02/27/recipe-mojos-creole-meatloaf/

NOLA FOOD HACK:
Saute twice as much Holy Trinity
as your recipe calls for,
and keep the extra in an airtight container
in your fridge. It’s a great addition
to chicken salad, sandwiches,
and on its own.

Serve it up with some collared greens, corn bread, white wine and all the beads you can hang ’round your neck.

Mardi Gras at Bedford Manor

Mardi Gras at Bedford Manor

CLICK TO TWEET: Frankly, My Dear . . .: Recipe: MoJo’s Creole Meatloaf

CLICK TO TWEET: Who say you to have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday?

With a Mardi Gras mask and Hurricane in hand,

Happy Eating!
~Molly Jo

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

[DISCLAIMER: Any outside product or company referenced in this recipe is not affiliated with Frankly, My Dear . . ., Molly Jo Realy, New Inklings Press, or The Unemployment Cookbook. I have not been compensated for any mention or reference in this or any other post.]

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Frankly, On Faith: Five Minutes

Frankly, on Faith: Five Minutes

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Frankly, On Faith.

Frankly, On Faith.

God is extravagant. He is Almighty. Eternal. Ultimate. Substantial. He is everything.

He is also personal. Intimate. Up close.

I often shy away from time with God because I can’t give him an hour of focus. Those are precious sixty minutes in which my mind will, after the first few, begin to wander. Plot. Plan. Apologize.

Dear God. I can’t focus. I’m sorry. Let me start over.

And it begins again.

How much time can you spend with God without looking at the clock?

I failed. I’m obviously not a good person because I can’t keep the world from coming in and interfering. You say it takes practice, discipline. But I know I’ll never get there. I’d best not waste our time by even trying.

When my daughter calls, I answer. If she can only speak for a minute, I welcome it. Because she thought enough to check in, say hi, let me know she loves me.

When my cat climbs onto my chair, I let her warm my feet or side for however long she stays. She’s not a failure when she leaves.

So why don’t I believe that God, in His much greater capacity for love and care, would accept whatever time offering I can give Him?

Would He rather I pretend to pray for thirty minutes or more, just counting ticks on the clock while being distracted? Or does He want all of my attention in whatever increments I can give?

 

“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the LORD, and a thousand years is like a day.”
~2 Peter 3:8, NLT

 

My soul longs to be authentic to, for, and with God. I will give Him what I truly can, and trust He is by my side when the world beckons me to responsibility.

As I spend time with Him, the more opportunities I find to do so. He is a beautiful, never-ending circle. And we are smack dab in the middle of His grip.

CLICK TO TWEET: Frankly, on Faith: Can you give God just five minutes of your time?

With a stopwatch and Heavenly circumference,
~Molly Jo

Frankly, On Faith: Can you give God five minutes?

Frankly, On Faith: Can you give God five minutes?

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

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